HP relies on 3D technology to revolutionise the footwear sectorFitStation by HP is an innovative hardware and software platform that captures 3D scans of the foot, foot pressure measurements, gait analysis and 3D volumetric data to create a unique digital profile of each foot
HP Inc. has announced FitStation by HP, a new platform that will enable to make and customise shoes through innovative 3D scanning, dynamic gait analysis and manufacturing technologies. FitStation is the next step in the company’s journey to reinvent the way in which the world design and manufactures with commercial 3D print technologies.
FitStation by HP is an innovative hardware and software platform that captures 3D scans of the foot, foot pressure measurements, gait analysis and 3D volumetric data to create a unique digital profile of each foot. It’s the first end-to-end solution in the world that offers ad hoc recommendations for ready-to-wear shoes and insoles, 3D printed insoles and individualised custom shoes.
Superfeet, a leading company in innovative, over-the-counter insoles, is launching a pilot project with the platform in select shops across the over 4,000 retail locations where they have a presence. Steitz Secura, the Germany-based company specialised in safety shoes, will use FitStation to reinforce its focus on comfort, prevention and safety.
How FitStation works
The system analyses each foot using a combination of 3D scanning and pressure plate technology to deliver a complete dynamic gait analysis for the each customer. FitStation analyses the data and produces details for custom made shoes with polyurethane injected midsoles, whose density varies according to the customers’ needs.
Thanks to FitStation’s 3D scanning capabilities, the solution collects the customer’s foot length, width, and volumetric data and compares them to the shoes available in the shop in order to identify the ideal model. FitStation also provides recommendations for pre-packaged insoles, for further support.
FitStation enables quick on-site manufacturing, allowing retailers to offer products that they don’t have to keep in stock.
Retailers can reduce returns by offering customers shoes with a perfect fit and optimised in terms of comfort and functionality.